St Luke’s vision is for all people living with a life limiting illness in our community to have access to the care and support they need, whenever and wherever they need it, and our Community Night Service is an important first step in that long term plan. The St Luke’s at Home service will complement and support other community care services with the aim of:
- helping reduce emergency hospital admissions
- helping more people to live independently for as long as possible
- enabling carers to be more resilient so they can look after loved ones at home for as long as possible
- providing emotional support and care for patients and their families
Community Night Care Service
When caring at home for a loved one with a palliative condition, we know it is the nights that can often feel the toughest. As well as exhaustion from broken sleep, patients and carers tell us they can feel alone and wracked with worries during the small hours.
We are therefore pleased to announce an extension to our services at the Hospice to help support patients and carers in their own homes overnight.
St Luke’s at Home will launch in summer 2022 with a ‘Community Night Service’ provided by our experienced Health Care Assistants.
Director of Care Kate Estcourt explains: “If a patient requires support overnight, perhaps with medication, pain management or going to the toilet, we can arrange a Community Night Service.
“One of St Luke’s Health Care Assistants will stay with the patient all night in their own home from 10pm to 8am, allowing their carer to have a much-needed night’s sleep so that they are fresh for the next day.
“If the Health Care Assistant needs further support to manage the patient’s symptoms overnight then they will be able to contact the medical team at the Hospice for advice.”